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It’s costing Google billions for prime position on iOS

It’s costing Google billions for prime position on iOS

What's three billion dollars between friends (and arch-rivals), right? Google will reportedly drop a cool $3bn into Apple's back pocket this year alone, one analyst firm has suggested, in return for being the default search engine on the iPhone, iPad, and other iOS hardware. Although unconfirmed by either company, it's an indication of just how valuable mobile users are, and how much importance Google places on its role there despite considerable mindshare.

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Note 8 release date could be sooner than you think

Note 8 release date could be sooner than you think

We're quickly heading into a busy season for flagship phones, and it looks like Samsung is going to kick that season off with an event on August 23. It's at this event that Samsung is expected to reveal the Galaxy Note 8, and even the company's teaser for the show suggests as much. Now, thanks to one Best Buy employee who's been a little loose with some details, we may know when the phone will launch.

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This leaked memo just made Microsoft vs Consumer Reports fascinating

This leaked memo just made Microsoft vs Consumer Reports fascinating

Microsoft's war over Surface reliability with Consumer Reports has taken another unexpected turn, with leaks suggesting a combination of ambition and inexperience led to higher than expected return rates. The two companies came head to head last week, after Consumer Reports took the unexpected decision to strip Microsoft's Surface Book and Surface Laptop of their "recommended" ratings, in addition to warning buyers off the Surface Pro 4. That was down to the worrying results of a survey which suggested Microsoft's laptops and tablets were the least reliable in the industry.

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Moto X4 leaks: New Android attack on the midrange

Moto X4 leaks: New Android attack on the midrange

All eyes may be on Motorola's Z2 Force Edition, the modular Android smartphone which went up for sale earlier this week, but waiting in the wings is arguably a more interesting phone. While the Z2 Force Edition may have interchangeable Moto Mods in its favor, Motorola has made a name for itself in recent years for its exceedingly affordable X Series of phones. In their favor, while they may cut price, they don't necessarily sacrifice performance or functionality in the process.

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iPhone 8 screen keeps spilling its secrets

iPhone 8 screen keeps spilling its secrets

Details on how the iPhone 8's virtual home button will work continue to emerge, as coders sift through the goldmine that is the HomePod iOS firmware. That new iPhone, expected to be one of three handsets Apple launches later in 2017, is believed to be not only the first to use OLED for its display rather than LCD, but also the first to remove the physical home button that has been a mainstay of iPhone since the first-generation model. However, it was unclear what, exactly, Apple might replace it with.

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Pink Galaxy S8 could shake things up soon

Pink Galaxy S8 could shake things up soon

The Galaxy S8 already has a fair number of color variants on offer, but one that isn't included on that list is rose pink. Samsung has only revealed Rose Pink as a variant for the Galaxy S8 Plus, but now that may all be changing. Apparently a standard Galaxy S8 in pink is on the way to some regions in eastern Europe.

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iPhone 8 3D sensor order tips big Apple bet on AR

iPhone 8 3D sensor order tips big Apple bet on AR

Apple is going all-in on 3D sensing, reportedly stocking up on huge quantities of components for its iPhone 8 augmented reality push. The Cupertino firm is believed to be using parts from laser sensing specialist Lumentum, which today confirmed a significant increase in demand. However, it also underscores earlier rumors that the most advanced of the features will only be in the flagship new iPhone this year.

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2018 Nissan Leaf price leaks: Undercuts Model 3 and Bolt EV

2018 Nissan Leaf price leaks: Undercuts Model 3 and Bolt EV

Details about the new 2018 Nissan Leaf continue to leak, with pricing the latest to emerge ahead of the electric car's official debut in early September. The all-new EV is expected to improve range and efficiency, as Nissan attempts to reclaim its spot at the top of the electric vehicle sales charts. Now, what appears to be a prematurely-published spec sheet has given an insight into how it might go about doing that.

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iPhone 8 facial recognition could fix the notification frustration

iPhone 8 facial recognition could fix the notification frustration

Those of you who have been following iPhone 8 rumors will know that the device is said to offer facial recognition features. This, potentially, offers a couple of benefits: it allows users to keep their phone more secure and it allows Apple to remove Touch ID entirely, paving the way for a larger display. Today we're learning of a third benefit that this facial recognition feature may offer, and though it's a small one, it sounds pretty awesome.

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Galaxy Note 8 may come with a welcome surprise

Galaxy Note 8 may come with a welcome surprise

The path to the Galaxy Note 8 is littered with rumors and reports, some of them pretty massive in terms of what they reveal. Today's pair of rumors are quite so Earth-shattering, but they still offer interesting details about the launch of the Galaxy Note 8. The best news is that we won't have to wait very long to find out if they're legitimate, as the Note 8 reveal is coming up in just a couple of weeks.

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New Nissan Leaf leaks: Mainstream style prompts controversy

New Nissan Leaf leaks: Mainstream style prompts controversy

Nissan may be playing it safe with the new Nissan Leaf EV, opting for uncontroversial styling as it continues to target the mass market with electric cars. The replacement for the current Leaf - which remains one of the strongest selling all-electric cars, despite its age - is expected to be officially revealed in September. However, a leak showing what's purported to be the new Leaf has prompted arguments among EV fans.

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Galaxy S9 to keep rear fingerprint sensor, Note 9 to debut under-display reader

Galaxy S9 to keep rear fingerprint sensor, Note 9 to debut under-display reader

Samsung's Galaxy S8 is barely three months old and already we're hearing news about its successor, next year's S9. It turns out that the latest report from Ming-Chi Kuo, the KGI analyst with an accurate track record when it comes to Apple releases, has details about the upcoming "iPhone 8" that include implications for what Samsung has planned not only for the Galaxy S9, but next year's Note 9 as well.

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